GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has reiterated his administration’s commitment to support business ventures that would promote opportunities for both local and international businesses to expand the state’s economic potential.
Ugwuanyi spoke at the opening ceremony of the first Nsukka Trade Fair organised by the Nsukka Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NSCIMMA).
He said the fair, which was themed: “Promoting SMEs and Agriculture for National Recovery”, would provide the platform for the identification and harnessing of business and investment opportunities in the state, especially in the areas of agriculture and agro-allied ventures and small and medium enterprises.
The governor also added that the event was consistent with the administration’s policies to attract investment and create business opportunities for the state’s economic growth and quest for diversification of its economy.
He reassured the people of the state of his commitment to develop the entire state, enjoining the people of Enugu West Senatorial district to organise a similar fair so that the three Senatorial districts would exploit the inherent benefits of trade fairs for the overall interest of the state.
Earlier in his address, the President of NSCIMMA, Dr Basil Onugu, said that the mission of the association was to promote business and economic development in the state in general and Nsukka zone in particular in order to create wealth and jobs through entrepreneurship and innovation.
Also speaking, the Rector of the Institute of Management and Technology, Professor Austin Nweze, while identifying with the noble vision of the fair, commended Ugwuanyi for his remarkable leadership resulting in Enugu’s emergence as one of only three states in the country that regularly paid workers’ salaries.
Other dignitaries that spoke at the event included the Senator representing Enugu North Senatorial Zone, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, former Minister of Information, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Council chairmen, traditional rulers, among others.